Students discussing vocabulary used to describe class at a PossePlus Retreat.

PossePlus Retreats Encourage Dialogue on Class, Power & Privilege in America

Summer 2013 | Miami

During the spring semester, Posse Miami led five PossePlus Retreats (PPRs)—one for each of the site’s partner institutions—on the topic of class, power and privilege in America. Scholars were joined by their peers from the general student body and members of the faculty to engage in a series of workshops that encouraged participants to consider how class affects their lives.

“No matter one’s socio-economic background, we all deal with class in the ways that people perceive us. Class is as omnipresent as ever,” said Mount Holyoke College junior Samantha Campagna.

“It was inspiring to watch so many young people interested in changing the world negotiate class and think about solutions to problems that arise from class conflict,” said one retreat facilitator.

Both Posse and non-Posse voices created a rich conversation that galvanized participants to continue the conversation once back on campus. The phenomenon extended across the country to 32 other Posse partner campuses where similar transformative dialogues took place among Scholars, students and faculty.